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For once, we had a fast 1500m Men’s final.

Columbia duo Tim Cousins and John Gregorek led the pack for the first 1000m of the race (400m in 61, 800m in 2:06), before Cornell’s Baxter made a big move with 500m to go.  But at the bell, Gregorek and Dartmouth’s Steve Mangan took over the front duties.  Mangan took the lead with 100m to go but Gregorek, refusing to give up, tried one last effort to get Mangan by the line.  Mangan dove at the line, which secured his win by 0.01 seconds – 3:46.24 to 3:46.25.  Third place was decided by 0.002 seconds, with Princeton’s Will Paulson holding off Yale’s James Shirvell with 3:48.55 for both.

The women’s 1500m is also going at a good pace.  Molly Higgins of Princeton led the first 400m in 71 seconds.  Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano took over the lead with 2 laps to go, bringing the 800m in about 2:26.  Giordano was challenged a little within the last lap by Harvard’s Molly Renfer but Giordano was able to bring home another title for Dartmouth, winning in 4:20.07.  Dartmouth also got points from Elizabeth Markowitz, who finishedin 5th place with 4:24.08.  Harvard went 2-4, Renfer in 4:21.91, Sarah Gillespie 4th in 4:23.32.  Olivia Sadler (Columbia) finished in 3rd with 4:22.98, and Ashlet Montgomery of Penn finished in 6th with 4:24.71.

Dartmouth’s Janae Dunchack won her 6th multi-event crown today, winning the heptathlon in a new personal best of 5,228 points (6th best in Heps meet history, 6th best all-time).  Harvard’s Madison Hansen and Princeton’s Elizabeth McKenna tied for 2nd place, both with 5,083 points.

Cornell’s Max Hairston won his first outdoor hurdles title, taking the 110 Hurdle finals in 13.94.  Hairston dominated the race from the start, easily pulling away from the field by the 6th hurdle.  Hairston’s winning time is the 2nd fastest in Heps meet history.  Princeton’s Greg Caldwell got 2nd with 14.29, while Penn’s Ben Bowers got 3rd in 14.31.  Legal wind (+1.5 m/s).

Meanwhile, the women’s 100m hurdle finals were fast but unfortunately, the times are not wind-legal (+2.3 m/s).  Harvard’s Autumne Franklin defended her title, winning 13.58.  Penn’s Gabrielle Piper (who had the better start than Franklin) finished in 2nd place with 13.71.  Harvard frosh Jackie Modesett closed strong for 3rd in 13.78.

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                          Men - Team Rankings - 10 Events Scored  (no hurdles)              
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    1) Harvard                     76        2) Princeton                  68.33
    3) Cornell                     49.66     4) Dartmouth                  45   
    5) Penn                        35        6) Columbia                   16   
    7) Yale                        15        8) Brown                       5
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                        Women - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored     (with hurdles)            
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    1) Harvard                     91        2) Dartmouth                  78    
    3) Princeton                   67        4) Columbia                   46    
    5) Brown                       41.50     6) Cornell                    33    
    7) Penn                        32.50     8) Yale                       14

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